Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Application Process

MJ in Rule of Law for Development

Admission Requirements

1) Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in an area of relevance such as international studies, political science, justice & peace studies, gender and development studies, criminal justice, economics, engineering or management;

2) Applicants must be able to demonstrate a professional connection to rule of law development matters through at least one of the following:

  • two years of relevant professional experience in rule of law or governance strengthening matters;
  • current employment in a governmental, international or non-governmental organization or academia with documented responsibility or supervisor's assurance of prospective involvement in rule of law or governance strengthening matters;
  • documented evidence of academic and professional preparation which  demonstrates a longstanding intention to pursue professional opportunities involving rule of law or governance strengthening matters; and

3) Sufficient proficiency in English.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and invite you to apply now for next academic year which starts in September.

1. Complete and submit the Loyola online application (no fee required). You don’t need to have all of the supporting documents ready at the time of submitting the application form.

2. Submit your supporting materials listed in a) to f) below, by following the instructions given in the online application system:

a. Official Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor’s degree (e.g. BA or BS);

    b. Two Letters of Recommendation from professional reference contacts that are familiar with your education or professional experience;

      c. A current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;

        d. 1-2 page Statement of Purpose detailing your motivation, career aspirations, and demonstrated interest in the subject area as well as your professional and personal skills. You should also address how the PROLAW degree will help you make a sustainable difference in rule of law and governance work.

        For international applicants, the following documentation is also required:

        e. Language Test Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS) (further details can be found here); and

        f. Transcript Evaluation by a credential evaluation service which determines your degree's equivalency to a US degree and provides Loyola with an equivalent GPA (further details can be found here).

        Instead of submitting the supporting documents individually, you may also use the services of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Send an email to prolaw@luc.edu with your LSAC account number and we can then request to receive your documents directly from LSAC.

        Admission Contacts

        All application documentation that needs to be mailed should be sent to the following address:

        Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
        Loyola University Chicago

        820 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
        Chicago, IL 60611, USA

        Applicant files are presented to and reviewed by the Loyola Admissions Committee only after all application materials have been received. Accepted applicants are notified promptly. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management at +1 312-915-8950 or gradapp@luc.edu.